Segesta is around 72 km from Palermo and 30 km from Trapani. The train that runs from Palermo to Trapani stops at Segesta a few times a day. Just a few miles from the station you will find one of Sicily's most impressive archaeological sites in the form of an ancient Greek temple dating from approx. 430 BC.
Segesta was the political centre for the Elimi people, who also founded the towns of Erice and Entella at Mount Barbaro. Later, it was home to the Greeks and they are whom we should thank today for this historical experience.
It comprises of an incredibly well-kept Doric temple and an elevated Hellenistic theatre with beautiful panoramic views that take in the town of Castellammare del Golfo. With the view as the backdrop, you can imagine the crowd for the many plays and performances that were once held here. The theatre is said to have the space to seat 4,000 spectators and is used to this day during the summer for both modern and classical concerts.
The site can be accessed daily from between 9am to 1 hour before sunset. The admission ticket costs around 6 Euro for an adult and 3 Euro for a child under 18 years of age. After visiting the temple, you can take a bus (for a fee) up to the theatre and the spectacular view point that it provides.